The Research Unit of Sport and Health Science (SHS), Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, invites applications for a position as postdoc in Physical Activity for School Children to be filled from 1 November 2022 until 30 November 2025.

The candidate will be expected to initiate and conduct research in relation to the research project “Generation Healthy Kids” donated by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

We are looking for candidates working with themes related to the effect of sports and physical activity on physical literacy, well-being and motivation in primary school children. The position focuses on measuring well-being, motivation and physical literacy in school children as well as developing and implementing intervention/program activities in collaboration with sports clubs, sports coaches, sporting associations, schools, teachers and pedagogues.

SHS aims to be recognized in Denmark and internationally as ‘the place to go’ for sport as medicine and the use of physical activity and sports in children and youth for improvements of health profile, fitness status, well-being and learning.  The successful candidate will be part of this multidisciplinary research unit team committed to the ambitions, obligations, and values of the University of Southern Denmark and make  contributions to the further development of research. The members of SHS have developed a culture of cooperation, and the candidate will be expected to contribute to collaborative projects and exchange of ideas.

The research in SHS related to this position includes but is not restricted to:

  • Evaluation of the effects of a whole system approach intervention on young (age 6-9) school children’s wellbeing, motivation and physical literacy.
  • Developing, testing and implementing intervention program activities aimed at promoting physical activity, physical literacy, well-being and general health among young school children in collaboration with sport clubs, sport coaches, sporting associations, school leaders, teachers and pedagogues.
  • Development and validation of questionnaire-based measures of well-being, physical literacy, food literacy and motivation for young school children.

The ideal candidate will have

  • A PhD degree in Sport Science or Health Promotion
  • Research experience related to the broad area of physical activity, physical literacy, well-being and psychometrics
  • Experience with and/or motivation for developing, adjusting, collecting and validating questionnaire-based measures for young Danish school children.
  • Experience and/or motivation for with collaborating with schools, teachers, sport clubs and associations.

For further information please contact professor Peter Krustrup, Head of the Sport and Health Science Research Unit (SHS), telephone +45 2116 1530, e-mail  or professor Jens Troelsen, Head of Department, telephone +45 6550 3493, email

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).


Applications – including the required attachments – must be sent via the below-mentioned link “Apply online”. Only online applications will be accepted. Attached files must be Adobe PDF or Word format. Each field in the application form can contain up to max. 10 Mb.

Only applications written in English will be accepted for evaluation.

The application must contain (as pdf.- or docx.-files):

• a motivation letter
• a detailed CV
• degree certificates (inclusive of Ph.D.-diploma)
• a complete and numbered list of publications
• 3 scientific publications considered by the applicant to the most important for this position. Please notice that one pdf.- or docx.-file must be attached for each publication.
• a teaching portfolio detailing the candidate’s prior teaching experience, teaching skills, and teaching philosophy
• a research plan detailing the candidate’s ideas and plans for her/his future research work. 

Incomplete applications with regard to the above-mentioned requirements will not be assessed.

Applications may be shortlisted.

Gender equality, health, safety and emergency management are given high priority at SDU and at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Living and Working in Denmark

Foreign applicants will be offered Danish language training as part of the employment. The International Staff Office (ISO) at SDU provides a variety of services for new employees, guests and people who consider applying for a job at the University of Southern Denmark. Among other things, the staff answers questions concerning salarytaxationhousing and accompanying family. Additional information about working in Denmark can be found at Work in Denmark.

Location: Odense, Denmark

Send application
Deadline 2022-Aug-21

You can apply for the job at Faculty of Health Sciences by completing the application form


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